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Aluminium vs. Steel Fencing: What One is Right for Your Home and What’s the Difference?

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For whatever reason you're putting a fence around your yard - security, privacy, appearance, keeping your dog contained, or adding to your property's resale value - it's good to choose fencing material that can handle the job. 

 

Many fencing companies will offer the choice between steel and aluminium fencing because they both offer popular benefits, but how do you know which one is better when they both look so similar? Let's look at a few expert tips that will help you decide what option will be best for your next project and uncover the differences between the two.

 

Steel Fencing

The benefits of steel fencing by far outweigh aluminium because of the strength and security it offers that aluminium can’t. Steel fencing is super durable and provides a long lasting barrier that offers maximum security for your property.  There are a few varieties of steel fencing including steel picket, colourbond and tubular, and each comes with its own unique set of advantages.

 

Because steel fencing is the more attractive option, it’s popular for homeowners wanting both security and appearance as a priority. Despite the heaviness of steel fencing, the installation process is easy; just keep it mind that its weight does come with a higher shipping cost.

 

Although steel fencing requires a fraction more maintenance than some other fence types - consider it if you want a decorative fence that will go the distance and cost is not a concern.

 

Using Steel Fencing for Your Next Project

Whether your next project is domestic, industrial, or maritime, a steel fence can provide the strength and sturdiness you're looking for - especially if it needs to protect a work site. Large panel steel fences provide the greatest protection against vandalism than other welded wire mesh and should be considered for properties that are prone to any form of destruction.

 

Versatile Advantages

Although it is more costly to install than other fencing options, steel fencing can be better customized to fit the style of your property. For property owners wanting the strength of steel fencing but a cheaper alternative, tubular steel fences can be a good option. It's  easy to install and can be had for a much lower cost.

 

When combined with hot dipped galvanizing and powder coating, a steel fence will easily outlast aluminium as it’s far more resistant to impacts and abuse. This makes steel fencing an ideal option for heavy industrial or maritime projects.

 

Aluminium Fencing

While steel fencing is much more durable, aluminium fencing is the perfect alternative for green-minded property owners. Because aluminium fences can be recycled after they’re no longer in use, they offer a much better green footprint for our environment. 

 

Aluminium fencing  is the cheaper substitute and mimics the look of more expensive materials like wrought iron and steel. It is lightweight, making shipping costs significantly cheaper, and is easier to bend and shape into innumerable architectural designs, making it a commonly used material in the construction industry. In terms of its environmental impact, weight, corrosion and rust resistance, aluminium fencing still remains an established fencing solution.

 

Using Aluminium Fencing for Your Next Project

As aluminium is considerably a less sturdy material than steel, it’s not recommended for extreme and heavy-duty projects that require fencing to be durable for years. This being said, its place in the construction industry still remains relatively strong and is still a material type that’s used regularly. For homeowners, its economical appeal makes it an advantageous choice – especially when installing a fence for purely appearance purposes.

 

In terms of cost, while you may be able to source cheap aluminium alternatives, they will not be able to offer the level of protection required for a low-risk site. When the performance of steel and aluminium are compared, steel fencing and gates provide far better protection than aluminium products can offer.

 

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This article is written by , who writes for Fencemakers, Perth, Western Australia’s complete range of fences, gates and pool fencing.

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